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BWAF Bookshelf, July 2013

July 19, 2013 Posted in: BWAF Bookshelf, Grid

From the BWAF Bookshelf

July 2013 Bookshelf Covers

From left: Writing About Architecture, Women in Green, Enamored with Place (credits below)

The July 2013 BWAF Bookshelf features a handbook for students, scholars, and critics of architecture; a compilation of conversations with leaders in the sustainable design field (2007); and a memoir of an architect/single mother (2012). This month’s books will stimulate you intellectually, visually, and emotionally. Books include: Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and CitiesWomen in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design, and Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect.

Writing About Architecture: Master the

Language of Buildings and Cities

Alexandra Lange   (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012)

Extraordinary architecture addresses so much more than mere practical considerations. It inspires and provokes while creating a seamless experience of the physical world for its users. It is the rare writer that can frame the discussion of a building in a way that allows the reader to see it with new eyes. Writing About Architecture is a handbook on writing effectively and critically about buildings and cities. Each chapter opens with a reprint of a significant essay written by a renowned architecture critic, followed by a close reading and discussion of the writer s strategies. Lange offers her own analysis using contemporary examples as well as a checklist of questions at the end of each chapter to help guide the writer. This important addition to the Architecture Briefs series is based on the author’s design writing courses at New York University and the School of Visual Arts. Lange also writes a popular online column for Design Observer and has written for Dwell, Metropolis, New York magazine, and The New York Times. Writing About Architecture includes analysis of critical writings by Ada Louise Huxtable, Lewis Mumford, Herbert Muschamp, Michael Sorkin, Charles Moore, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Jane Jacobs. Architects covered include Marcel Breuer, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Field Operations, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Frederick Law Olmsted, SOM, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

 

Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design

Kira Gould and Lance Hosey

(Ecotone Publishing, 2007)

Research has shown that women are more inclined than men to support environmental causes through voting, activism and consumer choices. Gould and Hosey examine this statistic within the context of the building industry, one of the richest territories for environmental change. Through conversations with architects, designers, consultants, policymakers, educators and students, the authors examine the implications of women in the sustainable design field, asking both what the field offers women and what women offer the field. Emerging from these conversations is an argument for a gendered orientation of green design, drawing a connection between women’s normative nurturing attitudes and holistic thinking and placing contemporary practice into an environmentalist history stemming from female trailblazers including Jane Jacobs and Rachel Carson.

 

Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect

Wendy Bertrand

(Eyeonplace Press, 2012)

This is the personal and professional memoir of an architect who tells how her identity and life as woman are inseparable from her adventures in the profession of architecture. She reflects in the epilogue about how what she knows now could influence the way our culture goes about the making of place.

Wendy Bertrand has been a mother since 1966 and a registered California architect since 1978. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor of architecture (1971), and with a master of architecture (1972) after study in France at the École des Beaux Arts (1964–65). She divides her time seasonally, between her writing desk in San Francisco and her weaving studio in Del Norte County, where she spins yarn and weaves colorful rugs. She frequently visits France, where her daughter, Chanette Manso, is one of the top internationally recognized light painters.

Excerpts of the descriptions were obtained from the publishers’ website.
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Organization of Women Architects Symposium:Gender Matters

OWA 40 Year symposium wendy_bertrand_poster_webSaturday April 13, 2013 Wurster Hall UC Berkeley

Starts at 9:00am with speakers, lunch, exhibit, books and reception
Open to the public (pay on line or at the door  owa-usa.org)

Annemarie Adams McGill
Eleni Bastea New Mexico
Lori Brown Syracuse

Organized by Mui Ho & team.

On left is my poster for the exhibit.

 

I will be there with my books along with books by OWA author Inge Horton, Professor G. Cranz and the  symposium speakers

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Speaking at The Green Arcade Bookstore

Wendy Bertrand speaking March 28, 2013 at The Green Arcade Bookstore

Wendy Bertrand speaking March 28, 2013 at The Green Arcade Bookstore

 

 

 

 

The Green Arcade     1680 Market Street at Gough in SF

Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect is Wendy Bertrand’s thought-provoking memoir.  A licensed architect, Bertrand received her degree from UC Berkeley in 1972, a time when only 3 percent of architects were female. Her book is a prime example of “social history,” chronicling the experiences of a working single mother on a mission to thrive in her chosen field—both personally and professionally—despite all odds. It is especially interesting because of Bertrand’s acute awareness of social impact in building design, and her lifelong commitment to social equity within her profession. www.thegreenarcade.com

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Speaking at San Francisco Main Library

TUESDAY March 5  Main library talking to audience.LOLA 2. Cas and others at Main Library

Writing Women’s Lives

MAIN LIBRARY     All programs at the Library are free.
100 Larkin Street Latino/Hispanic Community Room A lower level

The Art, Music and Recreation Center of the San Francisco Public Library presents:

San Francisco architect and author Wendy Bertrand will read from her newly published memoir, Enamored With Place: As Woman + As Architect, (Eye On Place Press, 2012), and will discuss the importance of women’s voices in documenting social history.
Her memoir chronicles her experiences as a single mother on a mission to thrive, both personally and professionally. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Architecture (1971) and a Master of Architecture (1972), after study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France. Bertrand graduated at a time when only 3% of registered architects in the U.S. were female. She practiced architecture mainly with the U.S. Navy. She is a founding member of the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals. Her feminist values and concern for social justice have informed her design and management decisions, as well as her vision for the future of the profession.

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